The electrical system consists of the battery, starter, and alternator. The battery is able to provide power to the starter. The alternator then gives the battery the energy it needs to power the vehicle. If one of the parts is not working properly, your vehicle will not start or may not run correctly. If you notice the vehicle is having a hard time starting, or any other electrical issue, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it to ensure everything is working properly. Choosing to ignore the vehicle’s electrical system can cause other issues for the electrical system parts.
Until the vehicle starts, the battery is the part that provides the vehicle’s electrical current. This electrical current includes the power to the ignition and fuel systems, which are responsible for creating the combustion necessary for the engine to function properly and efficiently. As you turn the key, the battery provides power to the starter that turns, and then the alternator gives the battery the energy needed to power the lights, wipers, and other accessories. If the battery is doing this frequently, bring it in so we can test it.
While the battery supplies the power to start your vehicle, the starter is what sends power to the engine. The battery supplies a small amount of power to the starter motor. The starter then rotates and turns the crankshaft to begin the movement of the pistons in the engine. Sometimes it is difficult to determine when a starter will fail.
When the engine is running, the alternator helps to keep the battery charged. The alternator also helps in keeping the electrical system for your vehicle powered. While you can start a vehicle with a faulty alternator, it will not be able to run for any extended period of time. If the alternator for your vehicle needs replacing, you may notice a few signs. You may start to notice the electrical system performing oddly or erratically. The battery may even start to discharge, which will result in poor starts, or sometimes not starting at all. Over time, the engine will eventually start to lose power. No matter what might be wrong with the electrical system, it is always best to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.